- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - One of New York’s U.S. senators is calling for the federal government to reimburse hospitals around the state that spent millions preparing for Ebola - even if they didn’t see a single case of the disease.

Sen. Charles Schumer says Thursday that his office surveyed hospitals around the state and determined that dozens of them spent between $25,000 and $40,000 on Ebola training, hazmat suits and other equipment. Five hospitals designated by the state as Ebola treatment centers spent an additional $5.5 million.

In New York City, more than $20 million was spent at Bellevue Hospital and on efforts to track at-risk individuals.

The federal government plans to announce soon how it will reimburse hospitals that treated Ebola patients.

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